Yves Bhar recycles wetsuits and boat sails into ocean-friendly bags

November 9, 2017 by  
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Yves Béhar is turning trash into treasure. The rock-star industrial designer, founder of the San Francisco-based firm Fuse Project , has teamed up with Mafia Bags to transform used wetsuits, recycled boat sails, and castoff climbing ropes from the Yosemite Valley into an “everyday urban adventure pack.” Even better, the proceeds benefit  Sustainable Surf , a California nonprofit that leverages surf culture into a force for protecting the world’s oceans. The project hits close to home for Béhar, an avid surfer and kiteboarder, as well as an ambassador for Sustainable Surf. “I am passionate about protecting the oceans,” Béhar wrote in a blog post . “I surf, swim and explore in them. And I have seen firsthand the damage done. When Sustainable Surf and San Francisco-based sail recycler Mafia Bags approached me, I saw this project as an opportunity to create awareness and finance sustainability programs … and to make a good bag with waste materials.” Related: Yves Béhar unveils new Smart Locks that make keyless entry a breeze Designed, sourced, and crafted in San Francisco, the Deep Blue Bag is chock-full of adventure-ready features, water-resistant wet pocket (for wetsuits and sweaty gym clothes), a padded laptop pouch, a hidden side-seam pocket for your wallet and keys, external and internal gear loops, and a place to secure a water bottle. All zippers are designed to be weather-resistant for “fog, rain, sun, shine.” Besides boasting a generous lifetime warranty from Mafia Bags, no two bags are exactly alike. “One thing that I love about this bag is that because of the way the sails are constructed and re-used, the stitching may happen in different places, which makes every bag a one-of-kind,” Béhar said. Each carryall diverts more than 10 square feet of material from the landfill, according to its Kickstarter campaign , where you can preorder a bag for $175. Related: “Listen Closely” lampshades are made with legacy sails from Canada Place All profits from the Deep Blue Bag will go to Sustainable Surf to expand Waste to Waves, a recycling program that reimagines trash as a resource for creating new products. “When you buy this product, you’re not only investing in a functional adventure pack— you’re helping to keep our oceans clean, and supporting a movement that’s making treasure from our trash,” Béhar said. + Deep Blue Bag at Kickstarter + Fuse Project

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Target is selling fidget spinners that contain toxic levels of lead

November 9, 2017 by  
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If you’re planning to gift a fidget spinner this holiday season, take heed – the US Public Interest Research Group has found dangerously high levels of lead in some spinners sold at Target. In fact, one of the fidget spinners was found to contain 300 times the 100 parts per million allowable for children’s toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass contains the highest levels of lead , testing at 33,000 parts per million. As we mentioned, that’s 300 times what is allowed for children’s toys. The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner in Metal tested at 1,300 parts per million. The response from Target and the manufacturer has been the same: the particular spinners aren’t intended for children under the age of 14. Hence, CPSC lead restrictions for children’s toys “don’t apply.” The companies say products marketed to those over the age of 12 have no specific lead-level restrictions. Said a spokesperson for Target: “The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reviewed and explicitly defined fidget spinners as ‘general use products.’ They are not defined by the CPSC as toys.” Related: 11-year old inventor becomes “America’s Top Young Scientist” for creating lead-detecting sensor According to Kara Cook-Shultz, the toxics director at US PIRG, it doesn’t matter how the CPSC classifies these spinners — they’re still being marketed as toys for kids. “All fidget spinners have play value as children’s toys regardless of labeling,” said Cook-Schultz. “We can’t sit idly by while children play with these toxic toys. And, yes, they are toys.” CBS News reports that the gadgets are being sold in the toy aisles alongside the spinners sold to 6-year-olds. Additionally, the packaging for the brass spinner says the toy is appropriate for ages “6 and up.” The Fidget Wild Premium Spinner Brass, on the other hand, does recommend “Ages 14+”. Lead poisoning is a serious concern, particularly for young children. This is because children absorb the substance more readily. Young kids are also more likely to put products that contain high amounts of lead in their mouths and near their noses. Excess levels of lead can lead to hyperactivity , lack of appetite, behavior problems, and learning disabilities. Of course, lead is toxic to adults, as well. Excess levels of lead can result in brain and nervous system ailments, stomach and kidney problems, high blood pressure, weakness, headaches and muscle problems in adults. + US Public Interest Research Group Via CBS News Images via Pixabay

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Maryland grad turns recycled plastic bags into eco-fashion

July 24, 2017 by  
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Plastic is Trisha Cheeny’s bag. A recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art , where she majored in interdisciplinary sculpture, Cheeny is looking to launch Pälemer , a line of clothing and accessories derived from used plastic bags and other recycled materials. Cheeny created Pälemer to “challenge ‘fast fashion’ and eliminate consumer waste,” she wrote on Kickstarter , where she’s raising funds for her inaugural collection. Cheeny has created several prototypes, including a winter jacket made from 214 castoff carryalls and insulated with recycled fleece. She also constructed a windbreaker from roughly 90 used bags, then lined it with mesh made from recycled materials. Related: India’s capital of Delhi just banned plastic disposables For stuff-schelpping, there’s a book bag, which Cheeny assembled from roughly 80 used retail-shopping bags for extra durability. “Our planet is facing huge changes, so we need to be making huge changes,” Cheeny said. “Pälemer is changing how we use our planet’s resources and our planet’s waste. We hope you join us.” Related: Plastic-eating caterpillar could revolutionize waste treatment She won’t have a shortage of materials to work with: Roughly a trillion single-use plastic bags are produced and used every year, according to the Earth Policy Institute —that’s nearly 2 million per minute. Cheeny is currently an entrepreneur-in-residence at Open Works , a maker’s space in Baltimore where she’ll spend the next six months developing her line further. + Pälemer on Kickstarter

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McDonald’s Launches New “Mad-Men”-Inspired Eco-Uniforms for Olympics

June 23, 2012 by  
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Mad Men style is running rampant this season and fast food uniforms are apparently no exception.  McDonald’s U.K.  unveiled a new line of eco-friendly uniforms that will make you feel like you’re dining with Don Draper. Designed by husband-and-wife duo  Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway , the new duds will hit the chains just in time for the Olympics. Click ahead to check out McDonald’s new style. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 London Olympics , eco-fashion , eco-friendly uniforms , Ethical Fashion , green fashion , London Olympics , mcdonalds , olympics , recycled clothing , recycled fashion , recycled uniforms , Summer Olympics , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , sustainable uniforms , U.K. , united kingdom , upcycled clothing , upcycled fashion , upcycled uniforms , Wayne Hemingway , worn again

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Win This Recycled Inner-Tube Necklace From My Sister’s Art (Worth $600!)

April 8, 2011 by  
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Make a statement with your jewelry next time you walk into a room with this one-of-a-kind necklace made of discarded bicycle inner tubes . EcoFirstArt is giving away this avant garde, handcrafted necklace by My Sister’s Art (worth $600) to one lucky winner and it could be you. Entering is easy so try your hand at winning this gorgeous piece .

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Quince Robot Can Explore Fukushima Nuclear Site Controlled from Over a Mile Away

April 8, 2011 by  
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In order to protect workers from radiation exposure at the Fukishima Daichi Plant, Japan has now developed another rescue robot, called “Quince,” so assist in the cleanup. Authorities have already deployed the Monirobo robot , to monitor radiation levels and collect samples

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Architect Recycles Rubber Bands into Bauhaus-Inspired Dress

January 9, 2011 by  
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In this digital age, you’d be hard set to find anyone still using rubber bands. But despite the stretchy stuff’s near extinction, that doesn’t mean the forgotten office supply can’t find an inspired new use. Case in point, New York architect Margarita Mileva has found a brilliant new way to turn more than a handful of discarded rubber bands into incredible accessories and apparel

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VOTE For Your Favorite Designs In Our Recycled Denim Challenge!

October 31, 2010 by  
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Vote For Your Favorite Finalists in the Recycled Denim Challenge! Just last week Ecouterre announced the finalists in the Recycled Denim Challenge , a competition where we challenged our readers to show us their most in jean ious DIY recycled denim projects . With 45 dazzling designs to choose from we need your help choosing a winner! Whether you think this  adorable doggie vest deserves the winning title, or if this incredible insulating wall system blows away the competition – vote for your favorite entries ahead.

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Enter Our Recycled Denim Challenge, Win $200 to the Gap!

October 17, 2010 by  
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CALLING ALL DESIGNERS & CRAFTY DENIM DIY-ERS! Dressed up or dressed down, jeans are a staple in any modern man or woman’s closet. But what about when you start finding more holes in your favorite pair of blues than a slice of swiss cheese? If you’ve come up with some crafty ways to recycle your old five-pockets into a new fashion-forward garment or accessory, we want to see your designs! We’ve partnered with the  Gap 1969 Stream to find the most creative denim reinventions ’round the world, proving that with a creative mind, you can turn any trash into treasure.

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British Artist Recycles Tampons into a Halter-Top “Period” Piece

April 18, 2010 by  
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While we try our best here at Inhabitat to incorporate clever wording and literary finesse into our posts, there isn’t much we can say about this piece except “Yes, that is a halter top made out of tampons. ” [Insert witty period-related joke here]. The brainchild of UK-based artist Walter Raes , the ultra-feminine halter is the result of Walter’s friends challenging his claims that if they gave him any object, he could make them wear it

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